Music surrounds us day in, day out: In restaurants and shops, on the street, at customer service desks, etc. In brief, music accompanies us wherever we come and go – even at work.
Perhaps you use music in your company. For example, your personnel listen to music during work, you play music in your company restaurant or canteen, there is hold music on your telephone lines, you have background music on your website or music is played in your buildings during a retirement or promotion ceremony, an anniversary or a staff party. Experience and statistics regularly show that working or receiving customers with a little bit of background music benefits the welfare of the employees or the customer. According to the Belgian copyright act, you have to pay for the use of the music in these cases.
Unisono is the name under which Sabam and Simim work and act together and under which in 2009 – under the auspices of the Minister for Enterprise and Simplification and after negotiations with the various trade federations – they created a one-stop environment that allows companies to regularise their use of music in a simple manner. More and more companies and managers are being convinced of the added value of music in their company.
Who are we?
UNISONO is the name under which Sabam and Simim work together with the aim of simplifying the regularisation of the performance rights in companies, associations and public services through an integrated collection of royalties. With this one-stop facility you can meet all your obligations at once when music is played in the company, the association or the public service in rooms that are only accessible to the personnel. Sabam handles the administration of UNISONO, and is mandated by Simim to act on its behalf and for its account.
Sabam was established in 1922 as a collective management organisation of authors, composers and publishers recognised by the government to collect and distribute the copyright royalties for its member authors, composers and publishers. Sabam represents both the Belgian and the international music repertoire.
Simim was established in 1995 and is the only management organisation for the music producers recognised by the government. The goal of Simim is to collect, manage and distribute the copyright royalties for the music producers. Simim also represents the Belgian and the international music repertoire.
Why do we have to pay to use music?
Everyone who contributes to the creation of music, from the author and composer through to the artist and producer, has a right to remuneration when their work is bought or used. Furthermore, several studies confirm the added value achieved with music in companies: From proven increases in productivity through the creation of a harmonious working environment through to satisfied customers.
The necessary documents can be found here.